Conflicts between Popes and Emperors Over the Years

Updated: 3/19/2021
Conflicts between Popes and Emperors Over the Years

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  • Thank you, thank you!!
  • Why does he get control over MY CHURCH!
  • Such a beautiful day it is today...
  • Hmm I'll just have to write everything down then!!
  • HOW DISRESPECTFUL OF HIM!!! HOW DARE HE EXPECT THAT MUCH POWER...
  • One day, Pope Gregory VII was given the title as Pope and his rule of the Church begun. Prior to this election, he held a significant career and position in the papal court. Yet during his rule, Gregory was given power over the Church's followers and only a few other people had even a say in the daily Church affairs that took place.
  • Gregory was not fond of the fact that the emperor, who was King Henry IV at the time, had power and control over the Church and it's citizens too. He thought that he, as Pope should have more power than the emperor. This belief soon led up to years of conflict between pope's and emperor's.
  • LET ME IN PLEASE!!! I JUST WANT TO TALK...
  • I'll just leave him here!
  • Soon Pope Gregory decided to declare his own way of ruling the Church, by writing a list of principles he believed the Pope should have authority over. He mainly described that the pope should be allowed to kick emperor's off the throne and have total control over the Church. He also claimed that people were given the right to rule from God and therefore he deserved to be there, so he should also be known all over the globe.
  • I'M A BETTER LEADER!!!
  • NO I AM!!
  • King Henry IV was stunned when he saw Gregory's message. Henry thought that the Pope was unworthy and had become a disgraceful and disrespectful person who just wanted rule over the Church. Soon Henry wrote back a reply calling Gregory out by saying that he was not a true pope, just a false monk.
  • Soon, Henry decided to ignore Gregory's rules and create a bishop, yet in rivalry, Gregory created one as well. Soon Henry was left without power because the pope freed his subjects from his control. Yet when Henry tried to visit the pope at his castle, he left him there for three days in the snow.
  • Even after this conflict, their fights and disagreements still continued. This was until Henry brought his armies to Rome and forced the pope out of the city. Yet even after they both passed, future generations created similar conflicts, and this was only the beginning.